Skill shortages in regional New South Wales: The case of the Riverina

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Abstract

Using a survey based method, this paper investigates skill shortages in the Riverina. About 48 per cent of businesses have reported that they have unfilled vacancies. The shortage of qualified applicants, lack of sufficient experience and lack of technical ability are the main causes proffered by regional business for skill shortages. These findings point the importance of investing in quality infrastructure, offering tax incentives and channelling investment into the TAFE and University sector to address regional skill shortages in both short- and long-run.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-16
Number of pages14
JournalEconomic Papers: a journal of applied economics and policy
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017

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